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Michael Graw

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Ph.D. Graduate Student
Degree Major: Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
Major Professor/Advisor(s): Rick Colwell
Discipline: Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Office: Weniger 537
Email: mgraw@coas.oregonstate.edu

Research Interests

Microbial ecology of marine sediments.

Current Research

My research focuses on how microbial communities in marine methane seep sediments facilitate organic matter degradation, methane production, and methane consumption.  Many of the key microbial players in these environments have never been cultured, so I use a combination of genomic and bioinformatic tools to study how the sediment geochemical environment impacts their metabolic functions. More broadly, I am interested in how microbial communities function as whole communities interacting with each other and their chemical and physical surroundings in extreme environments.


B.A. 2013 Biological Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Majid SA, MF Graw, AD Chatziefthimiou, H Nguyen, R Richer, M Louge, AA Sultan, P Schloss, and AG Hay (2016). Microbial characterization of Qatari barchan sand dunes. Plos One 11(9). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0161836. 

Majid SA, MF Graw, H Nguyen, AG Hay (2016). Draft whole-genome sequence of urease-producing Sporosarcina koreensis. Genome Announcements 4(2). doi:10.1128/genomeA.00096-16.

Briggs BR, MF Graw, EL Brodie, JJ Bahk, SH Kim, JH Hyun, JH Kim, M Torres, and FS Colwell (2013). Microbial distributions detected by an oligonucleotide microarray across geochemical zones associated with methane in marine sediments from the Ulleung basin.  Marine and Petroleum Geology, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2013.02.015.  

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